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John Pierson Howell

Visitation:  Saturday, July 10, 2021, 12:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M., Grace United Methodist Church, 112 N. Walnut Street, Glenwood, Iowa.

Services:  Saturday, July 10, 2021, 2:00 P.M., Grace United Methodist Church, 112 N. Walnut Street, Glenwood, Iowa.

John Pierson Howell was born February 21, 1941 in the Village of Goshen, New York, the third child of parents Charles Baird Howell II and Cora Van Demark Howell. He died peacefully in his home July 4, 2021, at the age of 80 years, 4 months and 13 days.

He graduated from Middletown High School in 1959 where he enjoyed sports playing baseball and soccer. John went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1963 and a Master’s in Business Administration in 1965 from the University of Michigan. He was a devoted fan and supporter of Michigan Football holding season tickets for over 30 years and rarely missing a game.

John was married January 4, 1964 to Linda Braun, to this union, Charlie was born in 1967 and in 1971 they joyfully adopted Elizabeth. After this marriage had dissolved, John met Mary Poore Howell on a blind date and they were married September 26, 1992, adding her three children; Craig, Melanie and Julie to his family. It may seem like a non-traditional family from the outside, but John was passionately devoted to all his children, then grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

For over 40 years he designed computer software for hospitals and nursing homes, eventually as president of his own company Healthcare Information Services (H.I.S. for the Lord). He finished the last 14 years of his career as a consultant with ADL Data Systems out of New York, New York. And for 10 years he volunteered with SHIIP, helping people with their Medicare benefits.

In his leisure time, he loved music and to sing in the choir, joining his first at the age of 10. He delighted in attending concerts and events where his family was performing and the gospel Gaither Vocal Band, including a special one with Mark Lowry on Broadway. John was an adventurer who loved traveling on planes, ships, in his pickup camper, motorhome, 5th wheel or car. He saw many amazing things taking trips to Thailand, Bahamas, Hawaii and Alaska and exploring all through the continental United States. He had a delightful sense of humor and his eyes twinkled when he was on the verge of something. And most of all John loved preparing, cooking and trying new foods. He owned his own Deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan and through the years he was involved in cooking at each of the churches where he was a member and stirring things up in his own kitchen. John participated in many spiritual retreats and was well known for his deep faith and love of Jesus and often proclaimed the important things in his life were faith, family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Marjorie Burnell and brother Charles Baird Howell III.

Survivors include: his loving wife Mary, children: Charles Baird (Sandi) Howell IV of Omaha, Nebraska; Elizabeth (Jerry) Birmingham of Saline, Michigan; stepchildren: Craig (Becky) Sell of Henderson, Nevada; Melanie (Tom) Zahller of Dothan, Alabama and Julie (Thom) Osnes of Wayne, Nebraska. Grandchildren: Chris, Marisa, Mitchell, Andrew, Katherine, Jared, Zachariah, Bethany, Paige, Jonah, Emma, Meg and Jack. Great Grandchildren: Jeremiah and Vivian. Many nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends.

Interment to be held at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

8 Condolences

  • Marv & Sunny Seitz Posted July 5, 2021 8:40 pm

    Dearest Mary,
    Our sincere sympathy to you and your family in the loss of John. Marv and I enjoyed our many visits with you and him while we lived in Malvern. We are so sorry for your loss of this wonderful man who was such a dedicated follower of our loving Christ. May he Rest In Peace forever.
    With our love, Marv & Sunny Seitz

  • Leo and Loretta Dillon Posted July 6, 2021 9:17 am

    Mary and family. We were so sorry to hear about John. We also thought about you when you were in the hospital and the time that you spent there with John, but we know that you would not of had it any other way and he would have wanted you to be there.with him. We love you and we plan to be there Saturday at the Service for John. Love Leo and Loretta

  • Kirk &Sherry Shearer Posted July 6, 2021 9:18 am

    Mary and family,
    Always enjoyed our time together visiting with John and you. Sorry for your loss but we know will will be reunited later in the place with no more pain or suffering. Take care and our prayers be with you.

  • Jennifer Monterisi Posted July 8, 2021 2:30 pm

    You are in my thoughts and prayers I love you and I will miss Dad#2 so much . Hugs and kisses to you all

  • Janice Sean &Aisling Dineen Posted July 8, 2021 7:11 pm

    Dear Pastor Mary and Family
    We were so very sad to learn of Johns passing . He was indeed a wonderful soul .So much fun , We were so very fortunate to have had the pleasure of having John in our lives . Please know Pastor Mary we are thinking of you and sending a big hug . Much love Janice Sean &Aisling Dineen .

  • DIANA RUDY Posted July 10, 2021 5:49 am

    Mary you are in my heart and prayers.

  • Polly and Andy Posted July 12, 2021 5:23 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss and ours too. He was such a kind gentle man and so loving to all he met. He will be missed greatly. Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
    Prayers, hugs and love
    Polly and Andy

  • Matthew Swanson Posted November 1, 2021 2:12 pm

    I remember meeting John at a yard sale and i went with his church to a Gaither show and at first i couldn’t go because i called him too late but he felt so bad i couldn’t go that he went to Hyvee and purchased me a ticket so i could attend and i had the time of my life.

    Rest in Peace John and i will see you in Heaven and i love you brother and thank you for everything you have done for me and Mary my deepest heartfelt prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.

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